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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2019 / Vol 42 No2


56 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK BIG RED FASTENERS INC. 608 North Walnut Ave., Broken Arrow, OK 74012 TEL 1-866-621-6565 FAX 918-251-7311 EMAIL WEB BIG RED FASTENERS: WE’VE COME A LONG WAY IN 18 SHORT YEARS Shawna and Jerry Clark worked in the industrial fastener supply business in the 1990’s. Working for someone else was not in their future. They had a vision of owning their own nut and bolt company with its’ own identity. So, with an entrepreneurial spirit that they both embraced, and an accounting degree under Shawna’s belt, they decided to roll the dice. They made their move in August of 2001. The Clark’s started a family owned enterprise, BIG RED FASTENERS, in a small rented building in Tulsa, Oklahoma with 3 employees. Their business philosophy was threefold, the customer is #1, make a commitment to excellence in everything you do and pay your bills on time. Needless to say, the first year of business presented various challenges to the newly found company. First, Tulsa, Oklahoma is known for its industrial material suppliers, and there were several established bolt companies that had this industrial market cornered. One month after opening the 9/11 attack occurred with the economic repercussions it manifested. Slowly, with determination and hard work, Big Red Fasteners survived the first year of operation with 0,000 in sales. With the groundwork now in place, BRF experienced continued growth and success over the next few years, and was quickly identified as a rising company. In 2004, the Clarks purchased a 10,000 square foot building in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and moved their operations. Despite their early success, the Clarks approached the future cautiously, knowing that the oil/gas/energy sector, by nature, is subject to economic volatility. In an BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE effort to survive the downturns, they began to diversify their customer base and surrounded themselves with employees, including family members, who brought value and vision to the table and formed the core team that is still intact today. In 2008, they purchased additional property in Broken Arrow anticipating a future expansion. It was becoming obvious to the Clarks that BRF needed to take the next step to achieve their goals, so they initiated plans for a new 24,000 square foot manufacturing/distribution/ sales facility. In 2014, the doors were opened to their new facility, and the current home of Big Red Fasteners. Under the leadership of Shawna Clark, BRF continued to focus on long term development. They purchased additional equipment to manufacture industrial stud bolts and made the decision to incorporate 100% domestic made and melted products. They also added plated bolting, i.e., cadmium and blue xylan, to their ,000,000 inventory. In 2016, Shawna Clark received the Women/Minority Business of The Year Arrowhead Award from the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. BRF was also recognized as a Forbes 500 company. Today, they have 34,000 square feet of operation space and with its central location in Oklahoma, BRF ships out 20,000 lbs-30,000 lbs weekly in product to customers across the United States. 2018 sales topped ,000,000. BRF has come a long way in 18 short years, and plans are in the making for an additional expansion in the near future. The Clark’s vision of becoming Oklahoma’s premier fastener supplier has become a reality. BIG RED FASTENERS


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